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Anurag Kashyap's Zoo, Manoj Bajpayee-starrer In the Shadows head to Busan film festival

Pushpendra Singh's Ashwatthama and the Hindi film, Ajji, will also be part of the competition section of the festival to be held between 12-21 October. 

Shweta Tripathi in Zoo, directed by Shlok Sharma

Shriram Iyengar

Anurag Kashyap's next production, Zoo will join Manoj Bajpayeestarrer In the Shadows, in the competition section of the upcoming Busan International Film Festival 2017. The films are among the four Indian films being screened at the festival. 

Zoo is directed by Shlok Sharma, who last directed the Nawazuddin Siddiqui-Shweta Tripathi-starrer, Haraamkhor (2016). The film has been selected for 'A Window on Asian Cinema' category at the festival. The film is India's first film to be shot entirely on the iPhone. Dealing with the story of youngsters (Shashank Arora and Tripathi) trapped in the vicious cycle of drug abuse, the film is produced by Kashyap. 

Speaking about the film, Tripathi said, "I like being part of films which set new trends and this being the first film to be shot on an iPhone was very interesting. I play the character of Misha Mehta who's an urban girl addicted to drugs and is trapped in her house because she blames herself for an accident which happened a few years back. In order to escape those emotions she gets trapped with her thoughts and finds solace in drugs. This role for me for completely different from Masaan and Haraamkhor and that's what drew me to it"

Another film set to make a mark at the festival is In the Shadows. Speaking to Cinestaan.com, a week ago, Bajpayee said, "In The Shadows/Gali Guliyaan by Dipesh Jain, which I have done, is a great film. It is the best film of my career. It is going to all the festivals." 

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The film tells the story of a man trapped within the city walls of Old Delhi, and also sheds light on the struggles of a mental prison. In The Shadows also stars Ranvir Shorey. Tweeting about the film, Bajpayee wrote 'IN THE SHADOWS will premier at @busanfilmfest. great news for the entire team.' 

Another film making its premiere at the festival is Devashish Makhija's Ajji. Makhija, who created a YouTube sensation with the Bajpayee short, Taandav. has teamed up with Saregama's film production unit, Yoodlee Films producing the film. 

Yoodlee Films' Ajji to compete at Busan Film Festival 2017

The other Indian film placed in the competition section is Ashwatthama, by Pushpendra Singh. The story borrows from the ancient Mahabharata legend of Ashwatthama who roams earth as a wounded immortal and ties it to the imagination of children. 

The 22nd Busan International Film Festival will begin on 12 October and continue till 22 October. The accompanying Asian Film Market of the festival begins on 14 October and will end on 17 October.